Artfully Designed and Crafted Boats since 1978

Plans and Kits

Start with our precision CNC-cut hull kits and build out from there. For the adventurous woodsmith, we have plans available to guide you through a build you can truly call your own.

Devlin Custom Built Boats

Sam and his team of top-notch craftsmen can design and build the boat of your dreams. Literally. Dream it up, and they can deliver it in every detail.

Devlin Designing Boatbuilders

2424 Gravelly Beach Loop NW
Olympia, WA 98502


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Banjo 20 & Small Boats Magazine for January 2024

Banjo 20 & Small Boats Magazine for January 2024

If you’re considering a 20 foot outboard cruiser for your next boat take a look at the Banjo 20 in this month’s online magazine Small Boats Monthly. The construction plans for the Banjo 20 just became available last October and still are being offered at an amazing savings on our introductory price. Click on the photo above for more information.

Electric Philosophy in Soundings Magazine 2024!

Electric Philosophy in Soundings Magazine 2024!

When we completed the build of Ed and Eileen Pauley’s perfect all electric boat we could only dream of what awaited her in her travels. Now the Pauley’s have been to Alaska and back on just the solar power provided by their roof panels. Journey through the build and travels with them in the February 2024 issue of Soundings Magazine. Click on the photo above for the link to the Soundings Magazine article..

Black Crown 27 for Sale!

Black Crown 27 for Sale!

When Sam designed and built this Black Crown 27 the purpose was to create a perfect small cruising boat for a couple. Currently she is located on the Chesapeake. When conceived she needed to be perfect for cruising the Northwest. Her sturdy build works well on both the East and West coasts and she just became available! Click on the photo above to learn more.

Candlefish 18 Shop Build Documented on Facebook and Instagram!

Candlefish 18 Shop Build Documented on Facebook and Instagram!

We are documenting the build of a Candlefish 18 with updates a few times a week in the form of quality photos of the process. No matter what design you choose, the ongoing photo documentation wil ease your build and give you many “Aha!” moments.

Featured Design

Candlefish 16

The Candlefish 16 is a burdensome fishing skiff. Deep and seaworthy, it is wonderfully suited to life in our changeable weather and strong tides.
Getting Started

Polliwog 8

The Polliwog is a great entry into wooden boat building! With the Polliwog, we offer the amateur builder the opportunity to build a lightweight and strong dinghy or tender.

Power Cruisers


Fishing Boats

Work Boats


Rowing & Paddling

Devlin’s Boat Building Manual, 2023 revised edition, is a comprehensive how-to book on the Stitch-and-Glue technique. The first edition from 1996 sold more than 70,00 copies worldwide. 

Sam, along with many thousands of backyard boatbuilders who have built fine boats from his plans, are firmly convinced that the the Stitch-and-Glue method is the easiest and quickest way to build a strong, lightweight, low-maintenance wooden boat hull. This book is the essential companion to any of Sam’s plans – or the first step in turning a dream into a boat.

This book is now available from Devlin Boat.  Order here.

We ship only to the 48 contiguous states. For other destinations you can order the book from Amazon, They also will soon be offering Sam’s book in an “e-book” format.

About Devlin Boat Builders

This is where we encompass over forty years of focused development on a wide range of designs and the boating experiences they deliver, a uniquely evolved set of techniques to ensure a high quality, enduring vessel, and a sense of classic nautical design that manages to anchor in tradition while bringing the best of modern technology into your next boat.

Also, we invite you to register on the site and join the Devlin family discussion as we all find our way into the best of boating experiences on a Devlin designed boat.

Devlin boats last a very long time, and life is full of changes. We typically have a selection of “Pre-loved” Devlin boats available for purchase

Artfully Designed and Crafted Boats since 1978

Shop tours on Fridays by appointment

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